Intellectual property rights are the legally recognised exclusive rights to creations of the mind. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols and designs. Common types of intellectual property rights include copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights, trade dress and, in some jurisdictions, trade secrets.
There has been a steady increase in intellectual property disputes in recent years, particularly in the digital industry sectors. This has emphasised the necessity for individuals and businesses to protect their creations so that others may not profit from their work.
Our expertise in the intellectual property area lies in:
- Passing off
(this prevents one trader from misrepresenting goods or services as being the goods or services of another)
- Confidentiality agreements
- Franchising agreements
- Licensing and royalty agreements
- Agency, distribution and merchandising agreements
We are focused on delivering results by working with the authorities and via dispute resolution, whether by arbitration, mediation or in the courts. In Ireland, the Commercial Court has jurisdiction to deal with intellectual property disputes and the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000 is designed to affect a total reform of Irish copyright laws as issues involving intellectual property become more complex.
If you have a query regarding an aspect of intellectual property law or feel we may be of assistance in protecting your intellectual property rights please contact us for an informal discussion on the matter.